Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Succinctly Yours #172: Learning to Fly

Let’s give a hand to Grandma’s Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours! Each week, she entertains us with a picture meant to inspire a story of 140 characters or 140 words, with a bonus word to make it more of a feat. I struggled with this week’s, but after some juggling (and the realization that I may have been cheating all this time by not counting spaces as characters), TA DA! The bonus word was “tabulate.” I’m still not counting spaces, by the way, in my 138 words:  

Waiting for judges to tabulate results, the Wallenda family practiced their act, “The Standing Wallendas.” It took a century and many changes to get off the ground.


Supposing you have tried and failed again and again.  You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford

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  1. Tammy--Great play on words. Well done, as usual.

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    1. Thanks for continuing to visit, Sioux!

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  2. Heh, heh! I give the Standing Wallendas a 9, because that little one is not standing. Their hovel, however, I only give a 3, because it looks like it might have collapsed after the photo.

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    1. Wow - tough audience, expecting that little one to be in on the act! Re: the hovel...besides looking rickety, I'm afraid there'd be standing room only in there.

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  3. *wiping tears* OMG. The Standing Wallendas. hahahahahaha!!

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by and putting up with my micro-mania, Lisa!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Theresa!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! And thanks for visiting!

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  6. Love your meme and love the quote too!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. Funny, but I have a quote from you that I was recently telling someone about, and this one reminded me of it. This one fit a little better because it was more "circusy," but one of these days you'll see your own quote appear here.

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  7. Tammy, I love your take, "The Standing Wallendas." Better still your word play with seven standing and one still in training. Haha!! :)
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